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World Whale Day Is February 20, 2022

A Whale's Tail

A Whale's Tail

When Is World Whale Day?

When is World Whale Day? It's on February 20th in 2022. This whale themed holiday is held on the third Sunday in February each year. Find out about who started this holiday and the history of World Whale Day on this page. Get some fun ideas on how to learn about and celebrate this day with some snacks, some craft ideas, some movie suggestions, and some interesting facts about whales that you didn't know before.


What Is World Whale Day

World Whale Day is a day set aside to remind us of the challenges and problems that exist for life in our oceans. A day to learn about whales, how they live, where they live, and the problems they face, so hopefully we can come up with a solution to some of fall in love with these huge creatures and learn as much as we can about them. We have to remember that we and all other life on Earth are in this together.

Whales to some are scary and dangerous creatures, but no one can deny the mysterious aura that surrounds them. I mean, really, how much do you know about the daily life of a whale? These giants of the sea have been hunted for centuries and with modern methods, driven to the point of near extinction. Hopefully World Whale Day will bring attention to this travesty and encourage positive activism from everyday folks like you and I. Teach your friends and children to take care of these animals and share the wealth of our planet with them. Help others to realize the environmental challenges faced by whales all around the globe.

Let's make February 20th a day of celebration, education, and love!

The Whales

The Whales

The History Of World Whale Day

In 1982 a guy named Greg Kauffman introduced this day to bring attention to the threat of the very existence of the whales. Greg realized that the future wasn't bright for the humpback whale population. Greg founded the Pacific Whale Foundation in 1980 to help save the whale population from extinction through research, science, and education, and by getting the word out to the rest of us.

If you are in Maui you can go to the yearly Whale Festival there. Here are some of the events from last year's festival:

  • Run & Walk for Whales February 8 - 28
  • 5th Annual World Whale Film Festival
    Virtual Film Festival February 19 - 28
  • The Great Whale Count January 30, February 27 & March 27
  • Maui Whale Festival Webinar Series
    February 2 - February 28 - watch webinars that have been recorded. You can find them on their webpage to learn more.
  • Maui Artisan Virtual Craft Fair
    February 1 - March 31 - Mahalo to the Maui businesses who participated and to all those who shopped local
  • 5th Annual World Whale Film Festival - this is held in June

Nowadays, whale day isn't just limited to the threat of existence faced by humpbacks, today it's about the challenges and problems of all the living species of the seas and oceans. The cause of these problems is the ever increasing amount of plastic waste, oil spills, and chemicals in the sea. This is a warning for these mammals and for the rest of us who share the Earth with the sea life. If these creatures go, guess who will be next.


How To Celebrate Whale Day

  • Have a World Whale Day party and watch a whale movie: Whale Rider and Free Willy come to mind right away.
  • Teach your kids how to make a Paper Plate Whale.
  • Watch a Youtube video on how to make an origami whale.
  • Serve some Whale crackers! These whale shaped crackers are made by Stauffer's and can be found at your local stores or at Amazon.
  • Make a whale drawing or painting.
  • Talk about the different kinds of whales. Give a lesson on whales and how they are mammals like we are, but don't make it seem like a lesson. Use some free, printable coloring pages or trivia questions and answers to make it seem more like play. It's fun to learn new stuff, especially when it's about one of my favorite subjects, the animals that live on planet Earth along side us.
  • Make whale shaped sandwiches with a whale shaped cookie cutter. Check out the picture below!
  • Play "Pin the Tail on a Whale" with this printable game.

Make An Origami Whale

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There Are Two Basic Types Of Whales

Baleen whales and toothed whales are the two main types of whales. Baleen whales have baleen plates in their mouths and they filter plankton and krill with them. Toothed whales have teeth and use those teeth to hunt their food.

The baleen whales are:

  • Blue
  • Blowhead
  • Bryde's
  • Fin
  • Gray
  • Humpback
  • Minke
  • Omura's
  • Rice's
  • Right
  • Sei

The toothed whales are:

  • Baird's Beaked
  • Beluga
  • Narwhal
  • Pilot
  • Southern Bottlenose
  • Sperm

You will notice the Orca is missing from this list. That's because the Orca is classified as a dolphin!

Lots Of Whale Facts

  • The world's largest whale is the blue whale. This huge mammal can reach 98 feet in length and weigh in at just under two thousand pounds.
  • The more familiar humpback whale can range from 39 to 52 feet in length.
  • Bowhead whales can live 200 years.
  • Whales are not fish. They breathe air and are warm blooded mammals.
  • Whales live in groups called pods.
  • Male whales are bulls, females are cows, and babies are calves.
  • A newborn blue whale can weigh almost 6000 pounds and be 23 feet long.
  • The sperm whale's brain is the largest brain on the earth.
  • There are only about 10,000 blue whales today.

Songs Of The Humpback Whale

Since It Started In Maui Let's Learn How To Say World Whale Day In Hawaiian

When in Rome, or Hawaii, do as the natives do. In the case of World Whale Day learn how to say it in Hawaiian!

Here it is:

Hauʻoli ka lā koholā honua

Ha-oo-li is the first word.

Ka is the second word.

La is the third word.

Ko - hola is the fourth word.

hon - ua is the fifth word.

A beautiful Whale Shark

A beautiful Whale Shark

More Whale Days To Celebrate

Don't forget these other whale holidays during the year:

Whale Day is June 4th

Shark Awareness Day on July 14

International Whale Shark Day on August 30

Shamu the Whale Day on September 26

In Scotland there's National Whale and Dolphin Watch at the end of July. Visit to find out more about what's going on for 2022.

Whale Games And Sources Of Information

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